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Criminalization: A Poor Substitution for Prevention

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In 2004, parliamentarians from 12 countries in West and Central Africa created legislation that criminalized HIV transmission in an attempt to reduce HIV infection rates.  Since that time, such legislation has been adopted as national law in 15 African countries, and 34 states in the U.S. have prosecuted  HIV positive individuals for not disclosing their […]

Addressing Obstetric Fistula: Towards a Just and Healthy Life for All

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This article is part of a series by RH Reality Check in collaboration with EngenderHealth, Guttmacher Institute, the International Women’s Health Coalition, the Fistula Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Campaign to End Fistula.  All articles in this series can be found at this link. The series is being published during a time of renewed efforts by advocates and the […]

UN Secretary General: "People were not put on this planet to live in fear of their fellow human beings."

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  Last week on International Human Rights Day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave a rousing speech calling for tolerance and an end to discriminatory laws.    The excellent speech, in which the Secretary General calls for an end to laws that criminalize same-sex relationships, is available here  and excerpted below.   As men and women of […]

Sixteen Days of Action Against Violence Against Women

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Each year, from November 25 through December 10, our colleagues unite in calling for an end against violence against women.     It is unbelievable that in 2010, women across all classes and cultures continue to experience sexual, physical, and emotional violence. Globally, at least one in three women will experience violence in her lifetime.  While we hear a […]

Center for Reproductive Rights Sues FDA for Limiting Access to Emergency Contraception

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The Center for Reproductive Rights today filed a motion for contempt against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failing to follow a 2009 court order that would make emergency contraception (EC) available over the counter for women of all ages.   “The FDA has had ample time, countless opportunities, and overwhelming scientific evidence put before […]

One Struggle for Human Rights in the Muslim World

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Today, over 40 organizations will stage bold actions in 12 countries to promote human rights as part of “One Day, One Struggle,” an international campaign organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR).   In its second year, the campaign is designed to raise awareness of how human rights—including sexual […]

What impact do multiple concurrent sexual partnerships have on HIV transmission?

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While there is no doubt that gender inequalities, especially the economic and social disempowerment of women and girls, have a significant effect on the character of many sexual relationships in the region, using a reduction in the number of [multiple, concurrent partnerships] as an indicator for HIV prevention addresses only the symptom and not the […]